Friday, November 03, 2006

The Best Songs of 1951

4. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) – Hank Williams

This is a beautiful love song and was a number two hit on the country charts for Hank. It is a continuation of Hank’s ongoing theme of pining for lost love. The mournful, yearning tone is something that always gets to me.

3. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams

Here’s another of Hank’s more upbeat numbers. This is one of the finest examples of a pick-up line being turned into a song.

2. Ramblin’ Man – Hank Williams

This one has such a wonderfully mysterious undertone. There’s not another country song of the period that sounds quite like it. It really puts you in a different place.

1. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams

This one is a terrific party song. It infectiously describes what seems to be one hell of a fun celebration. Jambalaya, crawfish pie, and filé gumbo all sound really good. Hell, I feel like a Mardi Gras party right now.

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